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Stefon Alexander was a teenage punk bassist when he discovered hip-hop via Company Flow's Funcrusher Plus and cassette releases by the Rhymesayers collective--now a dominant presence in his hometown of Minneapolis. In 2004 he cofounded a hip-hop collective of his own, Doomtree, but he kept his old punk nickname--it stands for "Pissed-Off Stef"--when he released his debut as a rapper, Ipecac Neat. (He still plays punk rock too, most notably as a guitarist and singer for Building Better Bombs.) He was soon picked up by Rhymesayers, which put out his follow-up, Audition, last year. With guest vocals from Craig Finn of the Hold Steady and Slug from Atmosphere and a sound that combines the stuttering, abstract beats of underground hip-hop with the angry urban attitude of radio rap and the brash guitars of punk and indie rock, the album sometimes tries to swallow too much at once--and Alexander's flow is so much like Eminem's on "P.O.S. Is Ruining My Life" it's kinda embarrassing. But as the saying goes, there's a little something here for everyone. And cuts like "Bleeding Hearts Club (Mpls Chapter)" fairly slam. Mac Lethal, Verbal Kent, and Visual & Rhyme Scheme open. a 9 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-478-4408 or 866-468-3401, $12, $10 in advance, 18+.

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